BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EST:
– Voting can get complicated for pro athletes. Many work in a state other than the one they call home. Some teams and athletes are trying to make sure that those who want to vote have the information they need.
– SEATTLE – Richard Sherman spent last week criticizing what he believed was incorrect calls by NFL officials, only to be at the center of another officiating mistake Monday night that this time went Seattle's way.
– Halfway through the season, a lot of NFL assistants already have lost their jobs. Safe to say several head coaches will suffer the same fate unless there teams turn things around.
– A new team will be joining the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings when the selection committee releases its Top 25. Will it be unbeaten Washington, Ohio State or Louisville? Rankings released about 7:10 p.m.
– Even if Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson wins the Heisman Trophy in a landslide vote, a slew of finalists might be at the Dec. 10 award presentation in New York. There are always at least three finalists.
– When searching for a new football coach, schools often look to up-and-comers like Tom Herman or P.J. Fleck – perhaps the next big thing. That limits the options for veterans with years of success, such as Les Miles.
– KENT, Ohio – In the lone Top 25 college football game Tuesday night, No. 14 Western Michigan, one of only five unbeaten teams, plays Kent State. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
– Last season in college basketball was the Year of the Senior. But this year could offer the best freshman class since the 2007-08 season featured Derrick Rose, James Harden and Blake Griffin.
– SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Baseball general managers gather on the first full day of their annual session.
– SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Theo Epstein of the Chicago Cubs is voted baseball's executive of the year days after the team he designed ended a championship drought lasting more than a century.
– PITTSBURGH – Rising Edmonton star Connor McDavid faces childhood idol Sidney Crosby for the first time when the Oilers play the Penguins. Crosby has eight goals in six games since returning from a concussion. Game starts 7 p.m.
– WASHINGTON – Off to a 1-5 start, new head coach Scott Brooks, All-Star point guard John Wall and the rest of the Washington Wizards think they know the path to better play and more victories: defense.
– MANCHESTER, England – Jose Mourinho has always picked fights, but now he's taking on his own players in the latest episode to his turbulent start as Manchester United manager.